Todd Vanatta

  • Todd Vanatta

P.T., M.P.T., C.F.M.T.
Certified Functional Manual Therapist

Education: Todd graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Master of Physical Therapy in 2005, after completing his Bachelor of Health and Human Sciences in 2004. He received credentialing as a Certified Functional Manual Therapist (CFMT) in 2012.  He continues to lab assist in courses offered through The Institute of Physical Art throughout the country.  He has also completed multiple advanced courses in orthopedics, neurology, pain syndromes and management, visceral mobilization, and manual therapy.  He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.

Clinically:  Todd's approach to physical therapy includes using proven, evidence-based treatment techniques along with modern practices.  Evaluations include full functional assessments to determine the root cause of dysfunction in the body, including areas associated with where symptoms present.  Treatment includes direct, hands-on techniques to any area of impairment. Through kinesthetic training and neuromuscular facilitation techniques, he also focuses on improving efficient movement and function throughout the body as a whole.  Focusing treatments on restoring automatic and efficient function leads to more permanent change and realistic function without having to "hold the belly in" or "pull the shoulders back."  He also tailors home exercises to each individual to reinstate proper motor control and strategies for any activity.  Todd treats all diagnoses and areas of the body including spinal dysfunction, headache, TMJ, visceral dysfunction, and chronic pain.

Socially:  Born and raised in Sycamore, Todd enjoys serving DeKalb County.  He lives in Sycamore with his wife, Shannon, and children, Hunter and Isabelle.  In addition to spending time with friends and family, Todd enjoys outdoor activities such as biking, fishing, water sports, and snowmobiling.  He is also a musician, playing primarily piano the majority of his life.


What type of treatment will
I receive?

Treatment is based on the initial examination findings along with ongoing reassessment and evaluation. Treatment may consist of a variety of hands-on joint and soft tissue treatment techniques, gentle exercise techniques, pain reducing modalities, and education in self-management skills.

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Your Right to Choose

The decision of where you go to receive treatment is
yours. If you have a specific therapist or practice you
would like to go to, you should let your doctor or
insurance company know this. Not all physical
therapists or practices are the same and the choice
of your provider is yours.